Project Description

Dumfries & Galloway College, Stranraer and Dumfries Campuses

As part of the South of Scotland Skills and Learning Network, this joint campus initiative will add a dual STEM Core and Engineering Hub to the existing facilities at Dumfries College, with the additon of STEM Engineering Hub and Engineering Workshop at Stranaer College.

Location:  Dumfries / Stranraer
Client: Oberlanders
Cost: Undisclosed
Completion: 2020

This joint campus initiative will add a dual STEM Care and Engineering Hub to the existing facilities at Dumfries College, with the addition of a STEM Engineering Hub and Engineering Workshop at Stranraer College.

The STEM Centre at Stranraer comprised of brand-new flexible space workshops, as well as the STEM classroom featuring a 98-inch screen for interactive working and linking classes between Campuses.

As part of the Dumfries Engineering Hub,  a Renewables Technology Centre has also been created to showcase renewable and construction technologies including the roof mounted solar thermal collectors, solar PV panels, round sourced heat pump and the wind turbine.
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Works included the redesign and refurbishment to the newly renamed Henry Duncan Innovation & Research Centre, which will house the new Digital Healthcare Centre. This comprised of a digital screen wall and centre with fully accessible items demonstrating best practice recommended within the healthcare industry, allowing for students to review their own practice and observe teachings first-hand.

Blyth & Blyth were Civil & Structural Engineers on the project along with Oberlanders (Architect), RSP Consulting Engineers (M&E) and Turner & Townsend (Quantity Surveyor)

Results

A challenging design and construction programme timeframe as well as construction to be built in tandem with colleges both fully functioning. Unexpected services uncovered within the excavation period tightened programme timescales further however these were overcome to complete the project to a high standard.

The project was a great success, with a state-of-the-art new renewables teaching hub completed, showcasing renewable technologies at the forefront of the carbon neutral energy discussion.

Each new building interacts well with the existing college footprint, with the brand-new interactive media screen technology in each campus. allowing for a seamless teaching link between both.